Former Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas was found dead in his Roswell, Ga. home on Dec. 9. Thomas reportedly suffered from a seizure while he was in the shower.
According to a cousin of the NFL star, Thomas suffered from seizures for about one year. After a friend could not get ahold of Thomas, he called the NFL baller’s driver to check on him. The driver found Thomas in the shower.
“We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday,” she said. “He was alone and a friend couldn’t get hold of him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.”
The Denver Broncos released a statement noting Thomas’ kindness and humility.
“We are devastated and completely heartbroken. Demaryius’ humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him.”
We are devastated and completely heartbroken.
Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. pic.twitter.com/0GLZIr6UP3
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2021
Teammates also expressed their shock and heartbreak on social media upon learning of Thomas’ untimely death. DeMarcus Omar Ware posted a picture with Thomas and said he was heartbroken over his friend’s death.
Heartbroken 💔 pic.twitter.com/e3EbU0aPeP
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) December 10, 2021
Brandon Marshall wrote that he would love Thomas forever.
“Love forever bro .”
Love forever bro 🕊 pic.twitter.com/eUQDBR8WP5
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh) December 10, 2021
Derek Wolfe wrote,
“Rest easy my brother. Hurt.”
Rest easy my brother. Hurt.
— Derek Wolfe (@Derek_Wolfe95) December 10, 2021
Ryan Greene posted a clip of him signing autographs for fans and giving them the shoes off his feet.
“This is my absolute favorite clip I’ve ever shot of DT. THIS was Demaryius. Such a loss. Just painful.”
This is my absolute favorite clip I've ever shot of DT. THIS was Demaryius. Such a loss. Just painful. pic.twitter.com/h7W3Lr11Ce
— Ryan Greene 📷 (@RyanCBS4) December 10, 2021
The football player was drafted in 2010 by the Denver Broncos in the first round of drafts. During his career, he won Super Bowl 50 and two AFC Championships. Thomas was also selected for five Pro Bowls and briefly played for the New York Jets. He announced his retirement in June.
“I’m Demaryius Thomas. I finally came to a decision to hang it up. … I’m going to retire and I’m going to retire a Denver Bronco,” he said. “… I’m done and I did well.”
Our condolences go out to his family.